Immediate annuity rates are reflective of the very simple agreement between you and an insurance company. You give the company money and in return they send you a monthly paycheck as long as you live.

Immediate Annuity Quotes vary all the time and reflect current market rates.

There are several ways to structure an immediate annuity contract depending on your specifics but for the purpose of explaining how rates apply to immediate annuities a basic definition will do just fine.

So, how are the payments calculated? That’s also very simple as there are just two immediate annuity rates that are factored into the equation, and one of them really isn’t a rate.

First of all the discount rate is used to figure out principle and interest payments over your life expectancy.

Second, mortality credits enhance the yield on each payment and ensure that income payments continue if you live longer than expected.

Let’s take each of those points apart individually for a clear example of how immediate annuity rates work.

Discount Rate- This is the current rate of interest insurance companies credit toward the payments of an immediate annuity contract. Payments consist of principle and interest paid over the life expectancy of the contract owner. For example, mortality tables tell us that the average 65 year old male will live another 17 years. Assuming a 4% discount rate and initial investment of $100,000 monthly income payments would equal roughly $673. According to this formula the account would be depleted at age 82. But payments continue for life, right? That’s where mortality credits come into play.

Mortality Credits- This takes into account the fact that although a 65 year old male has a 17 year life expectancy, not everyone will live that long. Some will die before 17 years and some will live longer. Upon death, remainder balances are surrendered to the insurance company and supplement the contracts of those still living. This gives the company the ability to continue payments for the life of all individuals, although in theory, those who live longer than expected don’t have any money left in their account. Those who happen to live longer than expected will see enhanced performance due to mortality credits. This is the perfect hedge against longevity risk, or the uncertainty of life expectancy.

Hopefully my long explanations didn’t make the simplicity more complicated than it needs to be. You just need to have an understanding of all the working parts. With immediate annuities there are only two. Insurance companies have this calculation pegged since this is the traditional form of annuity that has been in existence for several centuries.

Over time, actuaries have made the calculation of life expectancy and mortality rates a literal science. That’s not something you need to worry about since the company will take care of that for you. The discount rate is a very straightforward calculation but mortality credits may have left you wanting more. Well, there’s a lot more I could say so I’ll go ahead and say it. Check out this page for a deeper explanation of how mortality credits protect and enhance your profit potential.

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